ARNOLD MITTELMAN is a Director, Producer and Educator with a distinguished career of artistic and educational achievement that has created almost 300 diverse productions of plays, musicals and special events. He has helped found and/or lead five major not-for-profit theaters as well as producing numerous commercial theatrical productions.

In 2007 he was named President and Producing Artistic Director of the not-for-profit National Jewish Theater Foundation/NJTF/ (NJTFoundation.org ). He directed its critically acclaimed NJTF/NYC production of The Soap Myth and co-directed its filmed version that is streamed internationally via Digital Theatre of London and broadcast on PBS. He also founded (2007) and serves as President of the not for profit American Theater Festival Foundation.  Prior to his leading the NJTF and ATFF, Mr. Mittelman was for over two decades (1985-2006) the Producing Artistic Director of the renowned Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida. Forty of the more than 200 productions he created at the Playhouse, featuring some of the industry's greatest theatrical talents, were world premieres, transferred directly to Broadway, Off –Broadway, toured or moved to the West End. Artists included Edward Albee, Herman Wouk, Jimmy Buffet, Kathleen Turner, Jack Klugman, Tony Randall, Bea Arthur and Arthur Miller.

Before coming to the Playhouse and for more than a decade (1973-1984), Mr. Mittelman was Producing Director of the nationally acclaimed Whole Theatre Company, which he founded with other artists including Oscar-winner Olympia Dukakis. Prior to the Whole Theatre he was a founder and director of the innovative New York Free Theatre where he created, for six years (1966-1972), original plays and musicals with relevant social themes. In 1984/5 he was lead producer and directed Alone Together at Broadway’s Music Box Theatre. He was also the sole producer of the Off-Broadway hit Visiting Mr. Green (1997/8) first starring Eli Wallach then Hal Linden, which has had 300 productions worldwide in 22 languages.

April, 2015